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Should women at high risk for cancer use oral contraceptive pills?


Oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) are the most commonly used reversible method of contraception in the USA, and more than 80% of women aged 15–44 years report having taken them at some time [1]. Most women considering their contraceptive options base their decision to use OCPs on the effectiveness, convenience and tolerability of the method. For women with a family history of hormonally influenced cancers, whether or not they decide to use OCPs is further influenced by the effect of these pills on their risk for cancer.

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